You gotta see this amazing tutorial from TutCandy. Here you will learn how to use Photoshop to create a letterpress effect with your text. This is a really popular style in web and graphic design today. Enjoy 🙂
I was going through my mom’s old records this weekend and I started noticing the beautiful typography. Before the days of Ai and dafont.com, artists created type by hand. Here are 30 album covers for your inspiration:
Creating a logo is creating an identity. What does your logo say about your company? The kind of people you work with? The kind of business you do? Would you be approachable? Are you strong? Are you fun? WHO ARE YOU? When we launched Artistic Hub, we knew we needed a new identity that emcompassed these things and more. Michelle and I are the graphic designers for Artistic Hub and we think it’s easier to learn about the design process when you can SEE it, so here you go.
The making of the Artistic Hub logo.
1) The Design Brief
We met with Jimmy and Pat to decide what our main goals were for this new identity. We have learned from experience that is is very important to include the necessary people in this meeting (the first time) and allow some time to chat. Taking time to discuss the identity of the company, the goals, the clients, the work and the design ideas are all necessary to ensure that we have a clear direction.
What is Artistic Hub?
Artistic Hub focuses on on-demand merchandising and virtual design. We create interactive campaigns to engage our client’s fan base by coupling our custom built design competition application with the market leader in on-demand printing. This technology creates engagement, validates new product potential, creates measurable return on investment, and most importantly turns the expense of design into a revenue stream.
Who are the clients?
Bands, Brands, Major Corporations and Interactive Agencies.
How would you describe Artistic Hub?
fresh, innovative, approachable, fun, interactive, helpful, global, supportive, community, smart
Main goals for the Artistic Hub logo:
*Must represent a hub – we want people to get it
*scalable (standard for all logo design, but an important aspect here)
Michelle and I spent time with some books and Google to get a better understanding of what a “hub” is and how it is expressed in other logos.
What is a hub?
dictionary.com says: 1. a center around which other things revolve or from which they radiate; a focus of activity, authority, commerce, transportation, etc. 2. the central part of a wheel, as that part into which the spokes are inserted.
It is important to put pen/pencil to paper to shoot those ideas out of your hand. I’m a strong believer that the ideas don’t come out the same when transferred directly to a mouse. Don’t be afraid to sketch EVERYTHING. Michelle and I both sketched until we had at least 60 ideas each. It’s good to try everything so you know you have exhausted all of your ideas and you are choosing the right one in the end.
4) To the computer!
We scanned in our favorite logos to trace in Adobe Illustrator. (We don’t have wacoms in the office yet… hint hint :D)
5) The Final Logo
We chose this shape because it represented a hub and the negative space shows a group of heads coming together. Unity and global expansion are represented here and the green color has that light, fresh feel. Jimmy and Pat were very pleased with this logo design and we went from concept to live website in 3 weeks. See how this logo is used in our company identity: (web, promotional materials, business cards and logo versions)
Check out ArtisticHub.com for more info.
Other GREAT blogs about Logo Design:
or hey – just go to 81 of the best logo design resources
Good Source for Logo Inspiration:
-Mel & Michelle
YEN Magazine brings you an exhibition and book featuring 120 of the most exciting female graphic artists and illustrators in the world. This ALL-GIRL book, CURVY, is gaining some major attention in the art world and anticipation as they gear up to launch their 6th edition of the exhibition and book.
CURVY kicks off the national tour in Sydney:
April 2nd (tomorrow) @ Mori Gallery
168 Day Street Sydney (on the edge of China Town & Darling Harbour)
They will be releasing more tour dates soon.
The book includes works from:
YEN Magazine is an Austrailian, independent publication for women that focuses more on arts and society and less on how to look hot in your brand name bikini. Definitely worth a click. 🙂
Mel turned me on to this great website called Digitalthread. They are a great online resource for only the best web design firms, top freelance portfolios, and graphic design resources from online submissions and discovered web sites. I can’t believe I been in the design world and not known about them! The site is clean and easy to navigate through. The three buttons on the top left side allow the user to choose from 3 different buckets: webdesign gallery, design companies and designresources. They’ve done a great job at categorizing the content that goes under each section.
I found so many cool and interesting websites with just a few clicks. Definitely browse through the site. Mel and I will be featuring a new portfolio and website each week. Stay tuned.
Inspired-Inspirers is a place for people who inspire the world to show us who inspires them.
Every 2 weeks a new issue is released showcasing 4 new inspirers from all over the world.
This is a neat place where designers are showcased and they in turn share who inspires them. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Spread it kids. – Mel
So as I’m working on my movie poster, I’m searching for inspiration not only from other movie posters, but graphic design in general. I’ve found a lot of amazing work, and here is some of my favorites:
These are by: Tomaz Opansinski. Click to view his complete portfolio. His made some of the most compelling posters I’ve ever seen and you MUST go to the evolution section where you can see the before and after of his beautiful creations.
by Nebojsa Cvetkovic
Design By Gina Kelly
Design By The Small Stakes
Design By Lure Design Inc.
Design by Spike Press
Design by Spike Press
Mates of State
Design By The Small Stakes